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John Racener Wins the High Roller Event on His Home Turf Here in Tampa

2022 WPT Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 18
$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Entries:  25
Prize Pool:  $617,500
August 31-September 1, 2022

John Racener

John Racener took home the top prize in a very talented field in the High Roller event tonight in Tampa today. The prize money up top was worth $246,990 along with the WPT Trophy. Racener lives just down the road from the casino, and here is what he had to say about picking up the win on his home court.

“It feels great because it’s my home turf, I live ten minutes from here. I don’t play many $25ks, I pick and choose. But I had to play this one, because it was near home. I get to sleep at home, I have my kids nearby and my wife, I was really excited for this one and I wanted to protect my house,” said Racener.

When he was asked about the increased level of competition a high roller event attracts, Racener replied with: “Of course, I don’t always play these, so I’m not used to playing against the top of the top every time, but when I do it brings out the best in me. It makes me more focused, and more into it, and I raise my game.”

“I just kept my cool and I did my thing, I know they’re all very good, and they play these a lot, and they were very friendly, but I just sat there and was focused and just got the job done,” said Racener when he was asked about his journey through the final table.

Racener was particularly happy to take home the trophy to his family after the end of the tournament. “I’m about to FaceTime with my wife and kids, I want to show them the chips and the trophy. My son is about to be four years old, and when I was about to come play this he was crying because we do everything together. He loves it when I’m home, and the same thing with my two-year-old too. They were crying so I went back and sat back down on the couch with them for 15 minutes. I thought it was a sign that I shouldn’t come play, and then my wife and mother-in-law told me to do it and go have fun. He was good after that, and I told him I would there in the morning when he woke up. It all worked out, and everything played out perfectly. If I’m going to be away from them I better win,” said Racener.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Payouts
1JohnRacener$246,990 + WPT Trophy


High Roller: John Racener Wins ($246,990); Brock Wilson – 2nd Place ($154,380)

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Remaining Players: 1 of 25

John Racener

Brock Wilson got all in with Qh6s from the button, and John Racener had him covered holding Ad4s.

The final board in the tournament read 9s5c5d2c10c, and Wilson was eliminated in second place ($154,380).

Racener won the pot and the tournament to take home the WPT Trophy along with $246,990. Wilson took home $154,380 for his deep run to second place in this talented field.

Stay tuned for a winner photo and story, along with an interview with the champion and full results from the tournament.

Brock Wilson

High Roller: John Racener Doubles Thru Brock Wilson

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Remaining Players: 2 of 25

John Racener got all in preflop for 1.04 million with KhQd in the hole, and Brock Wilson had him covered holding 7h[7]s from the button.

The board was dealt AhKd9sJs9h, and Racener doubled up to survive with 2,205,000 and Wilson held 800,000 after the hand.

John Racener – 2,205,000 (44 bb)
Brock Wilson – 800,000 (16 bb)

High Roller: Joe McKeehen – 3rd Place ($98,800)

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Remaining Players: 2 of 25

Joe McKeehen

John Racener opened to 80,000 from the button and Joe McKeehen called from the big blind to see the As6s2d flop. McKeehen checked, Racener bet 45,000 and McKeehen check-raised all in for about 450,000 total. Racener called and McKeehen was at risk.

McKeehen: Qd6s
Racener: AcJh

McKeehen paired his six but Racener was ahead with his paired ace. The 5d turn and 8d river finished the board, McKeehen wished his opponents good luck, and collect his third place payout.

Joe McKeehen – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($98,800)

John Racener (left) versus Brock Wilson (right)

Heads-up is now underway for the High Roller title.

Seat 1: John Racener – 1,825,000 (46 bb)
Seat 2: Brock Wilson – 1,300,000 (33 bb)

1st: $246,990 + WPT Trophy
2nd: $154,380

High Roller: Brock Wilson (Nearly) Doubles Through Joe McKeehen

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3 of 25

Joe McKeehen opened to 40,000 from the button, John Racener called from the small blind, and Brock Wilson called to make it a family pot. The flop came Tc7s6s and all three players checked.

The turn was 4h, Racener checked, Wilson bet 65,000 and only McKeehen called. The river was Jd, Wilson bet 265,000 (leaving a single 5K chip behind), and McKeehen called.

Wilson showed 8s5s for a flopped open-ended straight flush draw, turned straight, and good after McKeehen flashed Jc7d for two pair.

Brock Wilson – 805,000 (40 bb)
Joe McKeehen – 1,350,000 (68 bb)

High Roller: Counts on Break

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3 of 25

The three remaining players were sent on a 15-minute break and returned with Joe McKeehen in the lead.

Seat 1: John Racener – 1,145,000 (57 bb)
Seat 2: Brock Wilson – 715,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5: Joe McKeehen – 1,260,000 (63 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $246,990 + WPT Trophy
2nd: $154,380
3rd: $98,800

High Roller: Anthony Hu – 4th Place ($67,930)

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3 of 25

Anthony Hu

Action folded to Brock Wilson in the small blind; he looked at Anthony Hu’s stack in the big blind and moved all in. Hu called for 145,000 and was at risk.

Wilson: Qd9h
Hu: As5h

“Trying to steal my blinds,” Hu laughed.

Hu was ahead but Wilson took the lead when he paired his nine on the 9s8c4d flop.

“Successfully going to steal my stack,” Hu continued.

The Js turn and 9c river finished the board and Hu was eliminated in fourth place for $67,930.

Brock Wilson – 825,000 (55 bb)
Anthony Hu – Eliminated in 4th Place ($67,930)